Santa Barbara Italian Cafe

★★★★☆

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Santa Barbara is awesome. It is our Goto for a nice meal out when the hubs nad I don't feel like driving into Houston. Anything with the word Florentine is awesome. Meals are big enough to split. Just ask for an extra side salad. It is

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Santa Barbara is awesome. It is our Goto for a nice meal out when the hubs nad I don't feel like driving into Houston. Anything with the word Florentine is awesome. Meals are big enough to split. Just ask for an extra side salad. It is

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Inconsistent food and service. For awhile, a short while, their cheesecake was 2nd only to Sweet Baby Janes in CA. But, the last time we had it here, it had a strange, metallic taste AND when I reported this to them, thinking they wd

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★★★★★

Inconsistent food and service. For awhile, a short while, their cheesecake was 2nd only to Sweet Baby Janes in CA. But, the last time we had it here, it had a strange, metallic taste AND when I reported this to them, thinking they wd

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this was our secod time to visit this restaurant.\r
i had some of the best appetizer ever.\r
shrimp and scallops in butter garlic sauce \r
my wife had chicken mama with feta and spinch and I had a beef tenderloin with mushroom wine sauce

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★★★★★

this was our secod time to visit this restaurant.\r
i had some of the best appetizer ever.\r
shrimp and scallops in butter garlic sauce \r
my wife had chicken mama with feta and spinch and I had a beef tenderloin with mushroom wine sauce

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This is a great Italian restaurant in Pearland. My friend told me that this place was great, and he ended up bringing me here for dinner. I don't remember we got but I loved his and my dish. We ended the dinner sharing this huge tiramisu

3
★★★★★

This is a great Italian restaurant in Pearland. My friend told me that this place was great, and he ended up bringing me here for dinner. I don't remember we got but I loved his and my dish. We ended the dinner sharing this huge tiramisu

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This is a great small family italian restaurant.\r
I tried a spicy pasta calabria with blackened chicken and my wife had a filet with tomato basil potatoes \r
appetizer was shrimp and scallops in butter garlic sauce\r
we tried their

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This is a great small family italian restaurant.\r
I tried a spicy pasta calabria with blackened chicken and my wife had a filet with tomato basil potatoes \r
appetizer was shrimp and scallops in butter garlic sauce\r
we tried their

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My family used to order from this place at least 3-5 times a month. The food is unmistakingly good, but the owner/manager is INCREDIBLY RUDE!!! (I believe his name was Lawrence?) I stopped to pick up dinner one night after work. We ordered

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★★★★★

My family used to order from this place at least 3-5 times a month. The food is unmistakingly good, but the owner/manager is INCREDIBLY RUDE!!! (I believe his name was Lawrence?) I stopped to pick up dinner one night after work. We ordered

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I used to love Santa Barbara. I lived in Pearland eight years ago and used to eat here all the time. It was wonderful. When I moved back I could not wait to visit. I went tonight and it was terrible. The lasagna haid a strange taste to it.

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★★★★★

I used to love Santa Barbara. I lived in Pearland eight years ago and used to eat here all the time. It was wonderful. When I moved back I could not wait to visit. I went tonight and it was terrible. The lasagna haid a strange taste to it.

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I used to like this restaurant but slowly through the years the food has gone downhill. My daughter was hired to be a hostess and trained to be a server. Their cook came up to her one day sexually groped her. When she reported the indecent to the owner ??Mama,? she was told that she couldn??t do anything about it because she wasn??t getting rid of the cook. She would just have to live with it. The next day my daughter was fired. I have lost all respect for the restaurant and the owner. I guess if you??re a cook you can sexually molest anyone you want and get away with it. Who is protecting our children when they enter the work place as we??re trying to raise them to do? In this country we have laws for that. If these immigrants want to live the American dream it shouldn??t be on the backs of the virtue of our youth. Go back to the country you came from, Go Home!

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★☆☆☆☆

I used to like this restaurant but slowly through the years the food has gone downhill. My daughter was hired to be a hostess and trained to be a server. Their cook came up to her one day sexually groped her. When she reported the indecent to the owner ??Mama,? she was told that she couldn??t do anything about it because she wasn??t getting rid of the cook. She would just have to live with it. The next day my daughter was fired. I have lost all respect for the restaurant and the owner. I guess if you??re a cook you can sexually molest anyone you want and get away with it. Who is protecting our children when they enter the work place as we??re trying to raise them to do? In this country we have laws for that. If these immigrants want to live the American dream it shouldn??t be on the backs of the virtue of our youth. Go back to the country you came from, Go Home!

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Every time I have eaten at Santa Barbara in Pearland, the food has been excellent. The service has also been exceptional. After reading the comment from the customer who advises not to eat there, who claims there were roaches & lost wait staff, I wonder why in the world would she even stay to eat? Maybe this is a great way to get a free meal, as the game goes for many people who eat a great meal, then claim it was horrible. I love the food and I love the service, and the prices are right in line IMO for the quality food you get. I recommend this restaurant highly. If you want to taste something extra special, try the Dried tomato Ravioli, which is delicious or the Crab Risotto--also out of this world great.

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★★★★★

Every time I have eaten at Santa Barbara in Pearland, the food has been excellent. The service has also been exceptional. After reading the comment from the customer who advises not to eat there, who claims there were roaches & lost wait staff, I wonder why in the world would she even stay to eat? Maybe this is a great way to get a free meal, as the game goes for many people who eat a great meal, then claim it was horrible. I love the food and I love the service, and the prices are right in line IMO for the quality food you get. I recommend this restaurant highly. If you want to taste something extra special, try the Dried tomato Ravioli, which is delicious or the Crab Risotto--also out of this world great.

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you are stupid i bet u go to restaraunts all the time an complain i can tell u it was the worst serving expeirence iv ever had ...,
there afre not roaches on the wall...
an also why dont u provide for ur kids better
u come in an get yourself a high priced meal an get ur 4 kids one kids dish....
grow up

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★★★★★

you are stupid i bet u go to restaraunts all the time an complain i can tell u it was the worst serving expeirence iv ever had ...,
there afre not roaches on the wall...
an also why dont u provide for ur kids better
u come in an get yourself a high priced meal an get ur 4 kids one kids dish....
grow up

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Do not go there.....restaruant has gone totally down hill since the owner sold to her son. He is a complete idiot. Their was a roach crawling on the wall. THe waitstaff literally looked lost. Asked them to replace a meal becasue it was wrong and the meal came out with two shrimp and she said the cooks decided to "withold" them because our kids ate them. (that was after the waitress told us it would be ok for them to eat them since they were going to go in the trash).....boy Momma made the biggest mistake by selling her restaraunt to her son. PLease do not go there.........its DIRTY

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Do not go there.....restaruant has gone totally down hill since the owner sold to her son. He is a complete idiot. Their was a roach crawling on the wall. THe waitstaff literally looked lost. Asked them to replace a meal becasue it was wrong and the meal came out with two shrimp and she said the cooks decided to "withold" them because our kids ate them. (that was after the waitress told us it would be ok for them to eat them since they were going to go in the trash).....boy Momma made the biggest mistake by selling her restaraunt to her son. PLease do not go there.........its DIRTY

Pros: nothing

Cons: rude, stupid, dirty

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My wife and went to the Broadway location based on the rating from CitySearch. We were not at all impressed at any part of the experience. To begin, they bring you bread and ran out of butter. If you wanted any olive oil or any other type of topping, you had to pay $3.99. For the meal, my wife and I ordered Chicken Piccata and Chicken Verona. The only thing recognizable about the Chicken Piccata were the capers and the lemony flavor. Generally you have a light butter-based sauce on the pasta, they served an orange concoction that was too cheesy and heavy. The chicken verona was to have a sun dried tomato basil cream sauce, I received a thick red-orange sauce that after about the second bite was so heavy it felt like I was drowning in riccota. Although we received a large amount of food, you can't substitute quantity for quality. We suspect Mama's secret ingredient is the powdered cheese packets you find in the Macaroni & Cheese boxes. The service left a little to be desired. During the whole meal, our waiter was inattentive and inexperienced. The place was dirty, tables were unkept, floors were full of crumbs....even if it was a busy day, you would expect a certain level of hygiene. The meal was overpriced. I would not recommend anyone if you want real italian food. For the same price and level of service, you could get a lot more from Johnny Carino's or Olive Garden.

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★☆☆☆☆

My wife and went to the Broadway location based on the rating from CitySearch. We were not at all impressed at any part of the experience. To begin, they bring you bread and ran out of butter. If you wanted any olive oil or any other type of topping, you had to pay $3.99. For the meal, my wife and I ordered Chicken Piccata and Chicken Verona. The only thing recognizable about the Chicken Piccata were the capers and the lemony flavor. Generally you have a light butter-based sauce on the pasta, they served an orange concoction that was too cheesy and heavy. The chicken verona was to have a sun dried tomato basil cream sauce, I received a thick red-orange sauce that after about the second bite was so heavy it felt like I was drowning in riccota. Although we received a large amount of food, you can't substitute quantity for quality. We suspect Mama's secret ingredient is the powdered cheese packets you find in the Macaroni & Cheese boxes. The service left a little to be desired. During the whole meal, our waiter was inattentive and inexperienced. The place was dirty, tables were unkept, floors were full of crumbs....even if it was a busy day, you would expect a certain level of hygiene. The meal was overpriced. I would not recommend anyone if you want real italian food. For the same price and level of service, you could get a lot more from Johnny Carino's or Olive Garden.

Pros: Quick seating & parking

Cons: Unclean and Unkept, Poor Service, Over priced, Low quality of food, Not Italian

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My wife and I have eaten here at least 30 times. We always share the Chicken Marsala and order an extra Caesar salad. One dinner order is plenty for the two of us. The Marsala is different than other places. I guess that's why we love it. We've stopped ordering Marsala at other places because we're always disappointed. Bring your own wine; there's no cost. And the desserts made by Mama are fabulous.

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★★★★★

My wife and I have eaten here at least 30 times. We always share the Chicken Marsala and order an extra Caesar salad. One dinner order is plenty for the two of us. The Marsala is different than other places. I guess that's why we love it. We've stopped ordering Marsala at other places because we're always disappointed. Bring your own wine; there's no cost. And the desserts made by Mama are fabulous.

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Love the food, went there with a large party the last two New Year's Eves and had a great time. It was so delicious, never had a problem and would recommend it to others.

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★★★★☆

Love the food, went there with a large party the last two New Year's Eves and had a great time. It was so delicious, never had a problem and would recommend it to others.

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DO NOT GO HERE !!!!Let us just WARN you.. We have visited this restaurant several times and have never had such a bad experience as the one tonight- Here we were enjoying a night out with our baby....After sending back a water glass with lipstick, waiting for our main entrees for over half an hour (and still having a good time), we politely sent back both dinners (and this is a rarity for us)because they were really overcooked - pork was so chewy and veal was pounded too thin, it resembled shoe leather- no kidding !! Subsequently, the chef/owner actually came out and started throwing a tantrum, poking the food, screaming, almost spilling it on our baby and stating there was nothing wrong with it- Seriously, it was like a scene out of a movie! Incredible rudeness, we have never experienced anything like it !The waitresses were apologizing stating that this is how she treats customers on a regular basis ! We are residents of friendswood, have alot of contacts here and this incident will be broadcast so that no other patron will have to endure such abuse. I feel sorry for her, her staff- obviously she is losing business and feels very insecure about her future in the city of friendswood.

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DO NOT GO HERE !!!!Let us just WARN you.. We have visited this restaurant several times and have never had such a bad experience as the one tonight- Here we were enjoying a night out with our baby....After sending back a water glass with lipstick, waiting for our main entrees for over half an hour (and still having a good time), we politely sent back both dinners (and this is a rarity for us)because they were really overcooked - pork was so chewy and veal was pounded too thin, it resembled shoe leather- no kidding !! Subsequently, the chef/owner actually came out and started throwing a tantrum, poking the food, screaming, almost spilling it on our baby and stating there was nothing wrong with it- Seriously, it was like a scene out of a movie! Incredible rudeness, we have never experienced anything like it !The waitresses were apologizing stating that this is how she treats customers on a regular basis ! We are residents of friendswood, have alot of contacts here and this incident will be broadcast so that no other patron will have to endure such abuse. I feel sorry for her, her staff- obviously she is losing business and feels very insecure about her future in the city of friendswood.

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I went to this restaurant after a friend told me about it. It is really hard to impress me when it comes to Italian food, because I come from a family that makes it all from scratch! I have to say that the food is incredible! I loved everything and so did my husband. Our service was great and we were seated right away. We will be back here many more times I am sure.

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★★★★★

I went to this restaurant after a friend told me about it. It is really hard to impress me when it comes to Italian food, because I come from a family that makes it all from scratch! I have to say that the food is incredible! I loved everything and so did my husband. Our service was great and we were seated right away. We will be back here many more times I am sure.

Pros: The food, service and atmosphere

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The guy who slammed the chicken marsala can stay away for good -- opens up a seat for those who know great northern Italian/Croatian food. Service can be slow at times, but the food consistently great in my opinion. My wife and I have been coming here for over 5 years. We will continue to do so. Highly recommended!

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★★★★★

The guy who slammed the chicken marsala can stay away for good -- opens up a seat for those who know great northern Italian/Croatian food. Service can be slow at times, but the food consistently great in my opinion. My wife and I have been coming here for over 5 years. We will continue to do so. Highly recommended!

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Everything was fresh and flavorful. They didn't mind that we split something (we're trying to cut down) and they even split the portions and arranged them for us. The cigarette smoke was a big drawback so we opted to eat outside. Unfortunately an employee or owner was smoking out there too. I would still recommend it for the food.

PROS: Fresh and flavorful
CONS: Cigarette smoke

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★★★☆☆

Everything was fresh and flavorful. They didn't mind that we split something (we're trying to cut down) and they even split the portions and arranged them for us. The cigarette smoke was a big drawback so we opted to eat outside. Unfortunately an employee or owner was smoking out there too. I would still recommend it for the food.

PROS: Fresh and flavorful
CONS: Cigarette smoke

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I was referred to the Broadway Location by a realtor from the area. I ordered the Chicken Marsala. One of my Italian staple foods. I know this dish well, make it myself at home. What returned was not Chicken Marsala. It had a somewhat orange sauce. As if they mixed Marsala with a Marinara sauce, thus forming a sauce that was inferior to both. When I asked the waitress about it; She stated this is the way Mama makes it. Well this is not the way my Mama made it. I do not think I will be going back again.

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★★☆☆☆

I was referred to the Broadway Location by a realtor from the area. I ordered the Chicken Marsala. One of my Italian staple foods. I know this dish well, make it myself at home. What returned was not Chicken Marsala. It had a somewhat orange sauce. As if they mixed Marsala with a Marinara sauce, thus forming a sauce that was inferior to both. When I asked the waitress about it; She stated this is the way Mama makes it. Well this is not the way my Mama made it. I do not think I will be going back again.

Pros: Quick Seating, Quite, good parking

Cons: service, food

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I ate at the Friendswood location last night and the food was excellent. The bread was fresh, the salad was great, and the entree (Spinach Fettucini) was awesome. The service was so, so. The waiter was new, so we had to remind him constantly to refill our drinks and our salad came out with the meal. I'm definitely going back though, the food is that good.

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★★★★☆

I ate at the Friendswood location last night and the food was excellent. The bread was fresh, the salad was great, and the entree (Spinach Fettucini) was awesome. The service was so, so. The waiter was new, so we had to remind him constantly to refill our drinks and our salad came out with the meal. I'm definitely going back though, the food is that good.

Pros: Excellent food, Good ambiance

Cons: Average service

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When Mama first opened Santa Barbara's and was doing all the cooking it was excellent. It is still great, but I don't think all the dishes have the taste they used to have. She still makes the best chicken caesar salad anywhere, but even it isn't as good as it used to be. She used to have the best bread, but over the years it has changed. She is still very small, but she is still good. I recommend this one for anyone that enjoys a good meal, even if a little pricey.

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★★★★☆

When Mama first opened Santa Barbara's and was doing all the cooking it was excellent. It is still great, but I don't think all the dishes have the taste they used to have. She still makes the best chicken caesar salad anywhere, but even it isn't as good as it used to be. She used to have the best bread, but over the years it has changed. She is still very small, but she is still good. I recommend this one for anyone that enjoys a good meal, even if a little pricey.

Pros: Good Food, Good Service

 

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